Dance Sports Medicine

Dance Sports Medicine Program

Dance Sports Medicine Program

Our unique program is specifically tailored for the treatment, rehabilitation and injury prevention of dancers to help them get back on their feet.

A dancer moves like no other athlete. The precision, flexibility and repetition of dancers’ movements make them particularly vulnerable to injury. They also require a unique approach to treatment and recovery so dancers can recover quickly without losing learned techniques or muscle memory.

We treat dancers of all backgrounds and abilities, from recreational to pre-professional athletes in classical ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, tap and competitive dance. Our dance sports medicine care team is led by a sports medicine physician with 15 years of experience evaluating and treating pre-professional dancers and is also a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science.

Conditions We Treat

When evaluating dance injuries, our care team uses appropriate dance-specific and diagnostic tests to assess foot and ankle flexibility, stability and strength, balance and technique. We treat and manage a range of dance injuries, including:

Stress fractures of the foot

Tendonitis of the flexor hallucis longus, causing pain in the ankle

A special dance floor with a sprung floor that can absorb shock which helps improve performance while reducing injury.

The sprung dance floor assists in dance injury rehabilitation and prevention by absorbing shock.

An In-house Harlequin Dance Floor

Our brand-new facility at Specialty Center 2 in Plano offers a sophisticated in-house dance floor complete with barre and full-length mirror, intended specifically for rehabilitation, dance injury prevention and performance improvement. Learn more about our state-of-the-art facility.

Focus on injury prevention and performance improvement

When evaluating and treating dance injuries, our team focuses on dual end goals: identifying underlying factors to prevent future injury and correcting technique to enable dancers to perform at their best. We offer a dance-specific injury prevention program, for both injured and uninjured dancers. Trained staff members assess dancers’ flexibility, strength and balance and work to correct any deficits that may predispose dancers to future injury.

Dance Sports Performance Services

Using our specially equipped dance floor on the facility’s premises, we also provide performance assessments for uninjured dancers.

  • Injury prevention: This is appropriate for young dancers or anyone interested in perfecting technique. In this assessment, we can identify and correct areas of weakness in flexibility or technique that may lead to injury. By correcting movements, dancers also improve their performance.
  • Pre-pointe assessment: In the pre-pointe assessment, designed specifically for ballet dancers, we:
    • Evaluate a dancer's readiness to go en pointe
    • Make recommendations for ways to improve a dancer’s flexibility, strength and balance
    • Recommend strength, flexibility and balance testing, where applicable

Meet the Care Team